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Once again, I apologize for not getting a post up on Monday, and I’m going to tell you right now that I don’t expect to get one up on Friday. My laptop is currently at the shop, so it’s more difficult to get one up. Unfortunately, I won’t get it back for a couple weeks. Not having a laptop is how I came up with today’s topic.

Today I’m going to talk to you about having a backup plan. It’s easy to say you have everything under control and that nothing could ever go wrong, but then your dog destroys the only thing you have. Or something like that. It could happen. Trust me. I know from experience.

Let’s say hypothetically that your dog destroys the one thing you can access your manuscript on. Your laptop.  Sure, it’s backed up and you have it on a flash drive, but then you can’t write because your laptop is getting fixed. That certainly puts a dent on things, doesn’t it? Let’s also say that you have a computer in your living room, but it doesn’t have Microsoft Word on it, and that’s what you were using for your manuscript. That doesn’t help much. So, you can’t work on your manuscript until you get your laptop back. That certainly puts a dent on things when you were trying to get a draft done before the end of the year and you get basically nothing done.

It could happen. Trust me.

This happened because I didn’t have a backup plan. I have to say I don’t like it much. I wish I had. I wish I had the foresight to put Word on the PC in the living room. I wish a lot of things, but it’s not going to happen. So, I’m out of writing for the time being.

You have to have some sort of a backup plan. Put whatever your choice of tools is on more than one computer. Don’t be like me. Have a backup plan so you don’t have to put your writing or editing on hold for a while.

Keep the faith, writers. I believe in you all.download